Matthew Peterson

Matthew P.

Warrenville, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach Music Theory to all ages, both as preparation for the AP Music Theory test, for remedial study for high school, college, and graduate-level music theory, and to those who just want to learn how to be better performers and composers through a more comprehensive knowledge of theory. To me, music theory is not a boring, pedantic study - it is the study of what makes music work, how it moves us, how the great composers and songwriters thought. It is the architecture of music and can give us invaluable clues as to how to perform or compose a given piece of music. I teach everything from the absolute basics of note names and durations to advanced classical and jazz theory and analysis, modes, jazz harmony, orchestration, set theory, serialism, and extended techniques. I also teach lessons in Sibelius music notation software and Logic Pro music sequencing software.

About Matthew P.

I have been playing piano for over twenty years and have been teaching private lessons since 2010. I have a bachelors in classical piano and music composition from Wheaton College, where I was the winner of the 2009 Ben Heppner Concerto Competition, and a masters in jazz piano from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. I have taught extensively in both private lesson and group lessons contexts to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I have performed around the country and recently played in the Disneyland All-American College Band at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. I currently teach group class piano at Wheaton College.


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3 Reviews
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Very knowledgeable Teaches at a nice pace, I walk away learning something new every time.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Jude R.
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Matthew is the best. Extraordinarily patient and inspiring.

Posted Aug 28, 2015
Jane R.
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I can't think of a way Jane's first lessons could have been better. She is practicing and improving, and very happy with her music. Wonderful experience for Jane and her music-loving family.

Posted Aug 11, 2015

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Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Joe Ferrante Music Academy

Taught private lessons in classical piano, jazz piano, composition, and music theory.


Masters of Music in Jazz Piano
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music

Bachelors of Music in Classical Piano Performance & Music Composition
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Invited Performer
Apr 2013

Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

Ben Heppner Concerto Competition Overall Winner
Feb 2010

Wheaton College


Music Teachers National Association
Oct 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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